The USC Trojans picked up their 18th commitment of the 2017 recruiting cycle when Jalen McKenzie from Concord, California announced on twitter that he has committed to USC. The tweet followed shortly after McKenzie joined the Recruitniks podcast to announce his decision.
McKenzie’s older brother Kahlil plays for the Tennessee Volunteers as did his father Reggie. Reggie McKenzie is perhaps better known now as the General Manager of the Oakland Raiders. The family connection with the Volunteers left many to believe that McKenzie would follow in his family’s footsteps. Jalen McKenzie, however, told the Recruitniks show that he wanted to do his own thing. He took an unofficial visit to USC over the weekend and made his decision shortly thereafter.
247 Sports grades McKenzie as a 3-star recruit, the 19th best player in the country at the position and 46th best player overall out of the state of California. McKenzie is the 4th offensive lineman to commit to USC in this cycle but only the first guard. The Trojans are losing 2016 offensive line starters Zach Banner, Chad Wheeler, and Damien Mama to the NFL Draft.
As National Signing Day on February 1st approaches the Trojans 2017 recruiting class is currently ranked 10th in the nation and first in the Pac-12 by 247. USC has 18 commits with only 5 more available scholarships to this cycle. Normally teams get 25 scholarships but USC gave scholarships to Stevie Tu’ikolovatu and Michael Brown which count against this year’s total.